Great car if you know how to maintain it!
This is a great well built car, but you have to know how to take care of it.
First of all, this is not a Toyota, so use the premium gas!
Also it is a turbo engine, so expect some oil consumption (don't expect to drive it for 10k miles and not refill any oil).
When it comes to oil, use only the ones that meet the Audi/VW norms, and the most important, don't use some cheap FRAM or other AutoZone filter. We are used to buying those cheap synthetics and cheap fancy looking filters. A VW dealer charges only $65 for an oil change, or do it yourself - it is easy.
This car is a Comfort Coupe; that means stiffer suspension, stiff and sporty seats that are not for everyone (especially in the US), and there are no frames around windows, which means more noise and some rattling is possible.
The car is very economical and powerful, but you have to stick to all maintenance requirements and let it run for a minute or two before you put it in drive, and let it idle for another minute after you use it hard; these are the basics of turbo charged engines.
Some of the reviews here are just ridiculous; do your homework before you buy any of the Europeans cars - they are not Toyotas, Subarus or Hyundais.
Update at 47k miles, and still no problems. Transmission fluid changed at 40k miles (as required) at a dealership ($360).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2013